One of the most popular topics for survival enthusiasts is the need for food. As we have discussed previously in our Survival Basics DVD, food is the last thing on the NEEDS list, but is quite frankly at the top of most folks WANTS list. Due to this and the mental secuity that is provided by having easy access to food. Dan’s Depot, has an incredible offering of food here on our website. Beyond what we offer, we recommend that you study the value in harvesting and eating edible plants that are found most everywhere.
The caloric expenditure to harvest and digesting plant material vs. that of harvesting and digesting meat protein is incredibly different. Almost to the point, particularly in a survival situation, that obtaining meat sources is almost negligible in benefit.
So with that in mind one must begin to study edible plants. To do so is an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience. You must obtain or have access to a minimum of three resources that detail edible plants. We typically recommend that you find resouces that have detailed drawings rather than photographs. Artists of this sort tend to have a better ability to depict the important aspects of various plants, better than photographs. We also recommend that you too make your best effort to draw plants as you study them. You do NOT have to be an artist to do this, do your best. It will help you get to know the many and varied part of the various plants.
Beyond your study of edible plants, you may very well have the need to determine if a plant is edible, without knowing the names and particular characteristics of it. To do this is a simple three step procedure.
So those are the three basic steps to determining whether you can handle a particular plant in any given situation. Beyond that you must follow through with continued study of edible (and medicinal plants). As we have stated earlier, it is an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience to harvest, forage, and otherwise gather plants to provide proper sustenance, no survival situation needed. We are preparing several videos on the subject, so you can look forward to those in the near future. Until then. We hope to see you on, or off, the trail.